NEST is created by YOU!
…and there’s no aspect of creating our village that you can’t get involved with! Whether toting a radio with our heroic rangers team, building essential infrastructure, greeting the Nestling arrivals, creating décor and signage, or drafting genius web content, volunteers are the lifeblood of our community, and the best possible way to immerse yourself in the Burn experience.
New to NEST?
Welcome new Nestlings! If you are looking for a way to participate, and you aren't sure what you would like to do, there are two great ways to help out. First, if you are able to come early or stay late, please participate in Build or Strike.
Second, if you're wondering how to participate during the event, please consider taking a staffing role within your community - it takes LOTS of eager hands to make happen the likes of the Gate & Greeting experience, the Community Hub, the Rangers stewarding team, and the execution of our all-important Leave No Trace (LNT) policy!
All of us are paid-up membership holders, from first to last. But with a limited number available, we ensure that we have guaranteed places available to those willing to gift their time and efforts in areas of importance (such as the early-arrival build crew, logistics management, core infrastructure and more).
The BANANA Crew (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything) is our own department of public works. This comprises areas of key infrastructure, and includes build volunteers who’ll spend anywhere up to a week onsite ahead of the event. This is the team who rig our Center Camp, build our Gate, mark out Free Camping, assemble domes, bridge streams, erect signs & lighting, & much more. And while we count on all Nestlings to spend a few hours contributing to our post-event pack-down (Strike!), our brightest shining stars are those still loading trucks two days after a Seriously Good Time.
We’re very happy to hear from enthusiastic members interested to join us for additional pre- and post-event efforts. We have further core team roles available for volunteers to act as points of contact for all our build crew and post-event strike teams even sooner. Just drop a line to our BANANA lead Paul and his team at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nest core team utilise the talents of community members with interest in technical areas, for the likes of distributing power & lighting, rigging at heights, wiring sound systems, and staying awake while looking at spreadsheets, just to name a few. If you’re attending the event and have a skill-set or interest of any kind that you might like to offer to your event, tell us about it here: email@example.com
DÉCOR & SIGNAGE
How do you decorate a huge green Cornish valley, you ask? We’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with too! What we can say, is that there are a number of unlit fences, water-lines, road-use areas and no-go zones, which would all benefit greatly from having creativity and colour sneezed all over them, rather than safety tape and traffic cones. We’ve already received a number of brilliant proposals, but whether spearheading one of your own or simply jumping in with a paintbrush, there’s no practical limit to the number of community members who could get involved. Is this you? firstname.lastname@example.org
For the nurturing souls amongst our early arrivals, there’s a vital role in sustaining the build team with good food and good cheer. Does curry-for-40 just sound more like your kind of challenge than hammering stakes and bolting dome struts together? Let us know about it! There are roles for meal planners and cooks alike, and we want to hear your creative solutions for keeping the crew energised and enthusiastic! Get in touch – email@example.com
Also within the public works realm are our Leave No Trace and All Things Loo teams. Leave No Trace is a key principle of our community’s events, and we engage a horde of veracious Nestlings to educate and assist in MOOP (Matter Out Of Place) sweeping across our village site.
We are ready to accept expressions of interest in this vital taskforce, once again spearheaded by Tyler. This year we have a new additional role for a people co-ordinator to lead onsite inductions and delegate daily shifts. If interested, get in touch with LNT@burningnest.co.uk
ALL THINGS LOO
A brand new initiative for Nest with our move to wider open spaces! With sanitation infrastructure being led by the heroic Fred, the Nest community has begun rallying to make our toileting experience as creative and enjoyable as possible.
Join the brilliant participant-led Pootopia group here if you’d like to ingratiate yourself to each and every Nestling onsite!
GATE & GREETING
As above, we are once again putting out a call to a creative group within the community to adopt our Gate area, and turn the Nest entry process into a themed and interactive greeting experience.* In any case, we know that fluffy-greeting and whip-crack-processing of event arrivals are popular ways to get involved, so if you’d just like to put your hand up for a shift or two, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Would it be even more fun for all involved if each carload to arrive was birthed through a vehicle-sized wardrobe, with a gaggle of randy fauns waiting to greet arrivals on the far side? (Yes, it would. Over to you.)
Nest’s Centre Camp is the new beating heart of our village. Set beneath a grove of ancient oaks, this shaded-and-partially-dry communal space will offer room for lounging and impromptu gatherings, scheduled workshops and performance, information sharing boards, lost property….. and whatever else you choose to fill it with! We’re also hearing of plans for an enclave of hammocks, huge shade sails, and a fire pit to burn throughout the week, to name a few. And so accordingly, volunteering in this area will mean pointing your fellow Nestlings to lost property, message boards, and scheduling info, and literally tending the home fire.
Good gig, right? email@example.com
In recognition of the number of changes already happening at Nest this year, the Nest-Core team will work toward shared bus transport, traveling to and from London for those who require it.* In order for this to happen, we'll need community members to come forward to help as co-ordinators for those booking journeys.** Get it touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
**In order for it to happen in spectacular fashion, the community needs teams willing to adopt the process, theme the journeys, decorate the coaches, process membership passes onboard, talk about Burner principles during the ride, and make the entire experience appropriately surreal from beginning to end. (Just picture the Psychedelephant camp adopting a journey, staffing the ride in tie-dyed safari outfits, and traversing the wild savannahs of Devon to the sounds of Hendrix live at Woodstock. Got an even better idea? Let’s go!)
*Sorry, folks outside London - we’ve surveyed other cities in past years and found relatively little demand from you hardened road-warriors!
Nest’s heroes in high-vis are the eyes and ears of our community, patrolling the site with radio in hand, and responding to Nestling needs of all kinds. Active right through the event, Rangers get a LOT of love from the community over the course of a day-time or night-time shift of several hours. This year, Nest has become part of the global Regional Rangers Network, meaning the beginnings of some neat integration for those who attend various Burns and have a special love for this vital community role. Or if you’re just dipping a toe in the water, it’s simply the best way to meet your fellow Nestlings and make a real difference to the safety and wellbeing of all.
Working with Sam as the frontline of the Edge of Chaos department, you’ll liaise by radio with core team members, security staff and medics, on behalf of participants in need and the community at large. To get involved, drop a line to email@example.com
The brilliant participant-led Welfare Enough team will be gracing us once more this year, providing comfort in a safe and dry space for the exhausted and the over-stretched amongst us. Burning veterans in harm reduction, they are now ready to accept signups for shifts from all you caring and sharing Welfairies. Pop on over to their submission form here.
YEAR ROUND ROLES / ANYTHING ELSE
Have another suggestion for your involvement in the next event or in the Nest community at large? Like the idea of helping grow the Nest between events? Do let us know about it! firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, whether you had found the role or area you want to participate or not, do fill out the form below. From many years of Burning experience, we can assure you that participating in the organisation and setup of the event makes you feel more at home and at ease especially for new Burners, when you arrive. Plus, it helps the community, as with more hands involved, it helps the co-creation. So really, it's a win-win.